Review: When you Reach Me – Rebecca Stead


These are the things I’ve heard about Rebecca Stead’s book, “When you Reach Me“… ‘it’s magical’, ‘it’s a story that will stay with you for a long time’ and ‘it is different than any story I’ve read before’. I’m going to have to join the club of people who love this book, because it was indeed witty, charming and magical.

The year is 1978 and the backdrop is Manhattan, NY. Miranda is 11 is in the sixth grade and is a self described as a “latch key kid”. She lives in an apartment with her Mother, the apartment also comes equipped with a laughing homeless man outside and a basketball court in the back. After watching her best friend Sal get beat up by an older boy, Sal decides to stop talking to her. She watches him play basketball and likes to keep a few paces behind him as often as possible.

After their friendship desolves, Miranda starts receiving letters that contains clues about things that are going to happen in the future. The most shocking note of all is the one that warns her to write the annoyomous sender a letter back in order to save her friends life.

Of course Miranda obeys, but where will she start… she doesn’t even know who’s sending her these notes?! The outcome of what happens will through you for a loop and this YA novel will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time you read it.

Filled with a charming and elegant New York backdrop, you’ll follow Miranda, her Mother and her friends on an amazing journey. It’s got a bit of mystery feel to it and I promise you that if you love “Nancy Drew” or “Harriet the Spy”, you’re going to love this book!

Rebecca Stead’s website can be found here and if you’d like to follow her on Twitter her name is @rebstead

Happy Reading!

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